Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Palate


Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Sure, you enjoy the occasional visit to an Asian restaurant and even like fusion cuisine when the restaurant menu has good descriptions of what you'll be eating. When it comes to the big unknowns, though, that's another story. Pickled eggs, fermented cabbage, rattlesnake, escargot, smelly cheeses and French dishes made from animal parts you don't even want to contemplate probably leave you cold.

There are lots of ingredients with enormous regional significance that seem odd if not odious to outsiders: grits, kimchi and blood sausage come to mind. Actually, in some areas of the world a breakfast of bacon and eggs sounds downright barbaric.

Harboring too many food prejudices is limiting and may be keeping you from discovering a truly scrumptious ingredient, dish or entire regional cuisine. Remember what you told your kids when they were small: How do you know you don't like it until you try it? When you step out of your comfort zone, you discover new things about food and about yourself, too.